CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The leader who headed North Carolina’s flagship university through a law banning Communists from speaking on campus and a basketball scandal is dead.
William Brantley Aycock was chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1957 to 1964. His daughter Nancy Aycock said Sunday he died on Saturday from complications after a fall that resulted in fractured ribs. He was 99 years old.
Aycock was a former law school dean who dismissed as unenforceable and dangerous the 1963 Speaker Ban Law, which state legislators passed to prohibit Communist speakers.
Aycock suspended All-America basketball player Doug Moe in 1961 for taking money from a gambler involved in point shaving at the annual Dixie Classic tournament. When coach Frank McGuire resigned, Aycock replaced him with Dean Smith.